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Archive for December, 2008

I’m In!!

I’ve been accepted into the IIMLs MA in creative writing! This means I get to devote next year to writing and reading and being with other writers and oh oh!! I’m so happy!!!

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Madonna (the other one)

This little mother and child decoration is made by Shelly, with an original illustration by her sister Paula. Both Shelly and I no longer have our Mamas and Christmas time is strange without them. So it’s nice to see a little tribute on the tree to motherly love.

madonna-and-child1

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Ancient Angel

This little angel comes from my childhood. She is quite tasteless, just the way I like her. This is shameless nostalgia.

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Birthday

Having a birthday this time of year is a bit hard – everyone is so busy, so we were very happy that so many people could make it to the party.

Stellar decorated her own cake this year, it was a lovely day.

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Heads-up

All of you in the Wellington region, here’s a heads up. My friend Ngaere and other clever crafters are putting on:

JUST GOOD STUFF.
35 HOURS OF CREATIVE CONSUMABLES

17 – 21 DECEMBER 2008
12NOON – 7.00PM
THISTLE HALL GALLERY, UPPER CUBA STREET, WELLINGTON

CASH ONLY.

featuring good stuff by:
gabby o’connor, genevieve packer, lucy adams, phillipa cowdrey, kirsten sutherland, vanessa crowe, miriam silvester, alanah gibson, amy van luijk, wendy neale, nicola jackson, ngaere mackinnon,
flora waycott, carla yeung, greta wenmoth, amy pyle, jim dennison & leanne williams

‘the great quest’
blank journal
recycled cover and map endpapers
145 x 215mm
ngaere mackinnon

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One of my new favourite things about Christmas are the stunning Christmas stockings that Billie made us all last year. The handwork is amazing and they are big enough for the grown-ups to get a bottle of something 😉

Vintage buttons from Button Mania and repo vintage fabric from Patchwork on Central Park (Melbourne).

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Nora’s Heart

I’ve been looking at our tree and thinking about how each ornament carries memories so I thought in the lead up to the big day I would talk about some of my favourites.

This one I call Nora’s Heart. I made it last year from a Christmas doily my 98yo Great Aunt stitched decades ago. It makes me feel warm and fuzzy when I look at it, she is more like a grandmother than an aunt and is a very special old lady. I like the way it has become something new and is now a product of two women crafting decades apart.

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